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Loraine Alterman

Loraine Alterman

Loraine Alterman Boyle began writing about rock for the Detroit Free Press in 1965 as their teen columnist. While there she was also a stringer for Billboard. She returned to New York after a Detroit newspaper strike in 1967 to edit GO Magazine and R’n B World, weeklies distributed free by radio stations across the U.S.

In 1969 she left to freelance and then was NY editor of Rolling Stone while its main offices were still in San Francisco. She also freelanced for numerous publications including The New York Times, Record World, Family Weekly and was NY correspondent for Melody Maker.

She left rock writing behind when she met and married actor Peter Boyle. John Lennon was best man at their wedding. She has two daughters, Lucy and Amy.

After Peter’s death from myeloma in 2006, Loraine joined the board of the IMF (International Myeloma Foundation). She has produced four comedy benefits in Los Angeles that raised $2.5 million for research to find a cure for this incurable blood cancer. She is also a Broadway producer of Memphis about early rock’n’roll and the upcoming Catch Me If You Can. Memphis won four Tony awards including Best Musical in 2010. She also blogs for the Huffington Post.

Loraine Alterman Boyle lives in New York City.

List of articles in the library by artist

Carly Simon, David Ackles, The Doors, Judy Collins, Love, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Elektra: The House That Jac Built

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1972

The story of Elektra, one of rock's most influential labels. As told to Loraine Alterman by founder JAC HOLZMAN ...

The Animals, Maxine Brown, Eric Burdon, Country Joe & The Fish, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, Chuck Jackson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: New Albums from the Doors, Country Joe & the Fish et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

The Doors: A Fascinating New West Coast Sound ...

The Band: Band Of Gold

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, November 1973

EVEN THOUGH everyone involved is tremendously excited about the Band/Dylan tour (reported on page one), 1973 still has some time left and The Band have ...

The Beach Boys: The Maharishi, The Beach Boys and the Heathens

Report by Loraine Alterman, New York Magazine, March 1968

"IN BALTIMORE last night in the middle of the Maharishi's talk, a kid got up and yelled 'Maharishi, you're full of it'." Beach Boy Bruce ...

The Beatles: Four Smiling, Tired Guys Talk About Their Music

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

THEY'RE REAL. The Beatles, that is. I had never seen them in the flesh before, so I expected some kind of supermen to step out ...

The Bee Gees, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Four Tops, Bobbie Gentry, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Otis Redding, Vanilla Fudge, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: New Albums from Vanilla Fudge, Big Brother et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, September 1967

Vanilla Fudge: Exciting Album ...

Bette Midler, Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Don McLean, Randy Newman: What Does It Feel Like to Create Today's Music?

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Family Weekly, July 1974

"I guess there are some people who sit down and say, 'All right, I want to write a hit single. Let's see, what's a big item ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Bonzo Dog Runs, Fucks Itself

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, November 1969

NEW YORK — The Bonzo Dog Band, bitter over what they felt was shoddy treatment by their American record company, cut their second U.S. tour ...

Maxine Brown, The Buena Vistas, Chuck Jackson, Jefferson Airplane, The Kingsmen, Terry Knight & the Pack, Love, Peter and Gordon, Lou Rawls, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Bob Seger, Dionne Warwick: Loraine Alterman on Records: The Fascinating Sounds Of a Group Called Love

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, January 1967

THE TREMENDOUSLY talented West Coast group called Love still hasn't made it into the bright spotlight of fame like the Beach Boys or the Lovin' ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Closest Thing to Blues This Side of Chicago

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, April 1966

THE PAUL Butterfield Blues Band is tearing audiences apart at The Living End with some of the grooviest sounds I've ever heard. The club is ...

The Byrds: Those Byrds Flew In For a Gig — You Dig?

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, December 1965

THE BYRDS was here. Between an appearance in Saginaw Monday and one in Cleveland Wednesday, the California-based singers dashed into Detroit to tape numbers for ...

Judy Collins: Judy In Disguise

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1973

Judy Collins film director? The singer – songwriter has taken a year out of her life to make a movie with a strong Womens' Lib ...

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favorites (Paramount)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1972

Truckin' the Blues Away ...

Rita Coolidge, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder: Paradise & Lunch (Reprise); Rita Coolidge: Fall Into Spring (A&M)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, June 1974

Setting a Scene for Rock ...

Cream, Donovan: Cream/Donovan: The Cream Set Records in Detroit

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1967

LAST WEEKEND about 4,500 kids proved that Detroit knows good contemporary music. ...

Cream, Aretha Franklin, Harpers Bizarre, The Marvelettes, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, The Who, The Yardbirds: Loraine Alterman On Records: England's Exciting New Flavor: Fresh Cream

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, April 1967

TO REACH Mecca in pop music means finding your own sound. Very few make it. Most groups fall down somewhere along the way. ...

Bobby Darin: Hate to Ruin His Image, but He's Nice

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1967

I REALLY hate to ruin anyone's reputation, but Bobby Darin just doesn't live up to his: During his years in show business, Bobby has often ...

Donovan: A Poet He Is, But The Messiah? Not Donovan

Report by Loraine Alterman, GO, November 1968

GLASGOW'S GENTLEST son, Donovan, breezed into the Plaza Nine Room at New York's famous Plaza Hotel for a press conference. Wearing lavender trousers, a blue ...

Bob Dylan: Planet Waves (Asylum)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, January 1974

Dylan Is His Own Dilemma ...

Lorraine Ellison, Tracy Nelson: Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison (Warner Bros.); Tracy Nelson: Tracy Nelson (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1974

A Rising Star Needs a Setting ...

Fleetwood Mac Flak: Manager Takes Name, Not Members, On Tour

Report by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, February 1974

And then there were none... ...

Foghat: Energized (Bearsville)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, February 1974

Pop: Foghat's Energy Zap ...

Aretha Franklin: With Everything I Feel In Me (Atlantic)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, November 1974

Aretha, You're the Top ...

Art Garfunkel: Angel Clare (Columbia)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1973

Garfunkel On His Own ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk's Thin Din

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, December 1972

THEY'RE too loud. Their playing is mediocre. They can't sing – all war cries for a cobweb-brained establishment confronted with rock-music it can't understand. ...

Harry Nilsson, Joel Grey: Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night (RCA); Joel Grey: Joel Grey Live! (Columbia)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, August 1973

Harry? He's Lost in the Woodwinds ...

Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons: Gram Parsons: Parsons Knows...

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, April 1973

Gram Parsons, former member of the Byrds and Burritos and now the proud owner of a solo album, talks to Loraine Alterman in New York ...

Donny Hathaway: Donny Hathaway (Atco)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, August 1971

EVER SINCE Otis Redding's tragic death in 1967, record companies have been searching for the great black hope to fill his shoes. Whenever a new ...

Isaac Hayes: Isaac Hayes... To Be Continued

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, April 1971

The 'Black Moses' Should Move Ahead ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 'Frantic — Yet Somehow Casual'

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

NO EXAGGERATION: The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the most exciting act I have yet seen in pop music. ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Voices of East Harlem: Hendrix's All-New Band of Gypsys: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, February 1970

It's a new year, and a new thing for Jimi — as we saw at the Fillmore East ...

The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Stephen Stills, Tom Rush: Stephen Stills, The Impressions, The Staple Singers, Tom Rush albums

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1972

Stephen Stills: Manassas (Atlantic); The Impressions: Times Have Changed (Curtom); The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Stax); Tom Rush: Merrimack County (Columbia) ...

Jefferson Airplane, MC5, The Rationals: Jefferson Airplane, the Rationals, the MC5: Ford Auditorium, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

The Jefferson Airplane, Soaring on Pop Power ...

Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, The Who: The Jefferson Airplane Here

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

"WE JUST played and let the music take us instead of us taking the music," said Marty Balin, lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, talking ...

Jethro Tull: Can 72,000 Fans Be Wrong?

Report by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, August 1973

I DON'T KNOW how it is in England, but in this country the minute you get too big, too powerful, people start gunning for you. ...

Jo Jo Gunne: Go For The Gunne

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1973

THE FIRST word out about Jo Jo Gunne raved about their looks – "gorgeous" said those into masculine beauty. An emphasis on appearance always makes ...

Carole King, Melissa Manchester: Carole King: Fantasy (Ode); Melissa Manchester: Home To Myself (Bell)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, July 1973

A Bland Carole King ...

Terry Knight & the Pack: Flint's Terry Knight and His Pack: "There's More There Than Hair"

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1966

PRESENTING Terry Knight — long hair worn Prince Valiant style, mod clothes, no tie, much less a tie-tack. Immediately, 99 per cent of the adult ...

Led Zeppelin: Swan Song Is a Beginning

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, June 1974

NEW YORK — "The name Led Zeppelin means a failure," explains lead singer Robert Plant, "and Swan Song means a last gasp — so why ...

John Lennon Talks About Music, Money, Marriage, and Fame

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Viva, March 1975

ONE OF John Lennon's friends, Elton John, spends $5,000 for a pair of sunglasses and buys his manager a yacht for a birthday present. Another ...

Donna Lynn, MC5, The Outsiders: The MC-5: 'More Like One Big Musician'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, February 1967

SOME PEOPLE call it psychedelic. The MC-5 call it the "new music." They should know, for they are the leading exponents of the far-out sounds ...

MC5: Our Hippies — What They Say and Do

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

IN SAN Francisco a sight-seeing bus runs tours into the Haight-Ashbury district billing it as "the only foreign tour within the continental limits of the ...

Bette Midler, Yoko Ono: Bette Midler: Bette Midler (Atlantic); Yoko Ono: Feeling The Space (Apple)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, November 1973

No Torches for Bette and Yoko ...

Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (Asylum)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, January 1974

Joni's Songs Are For Everyone  ...

Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush: Tom Rush Tells Why He's Now Electrified!

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, November 1966

ONCE UPON a time folk singers looked at electric guitars and top 40 radio in horror. Then several years back the big hero of the ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: Head Mother Speaks

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Fifth Estate, December 1967

HIS NAME has a certain zing to it. Zappa – a name you don't easily forget. Like the man, Frank Zappa, leader and creator of ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: If You Get A Headache…

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1966

MOTHERS AND fathers, you thought the Beatles were bad. You got up in arms about the Rolling Stones. Sonny and Cher made you cringe. Well, ...

Mountain Climbing

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, September 1971

THE AMERICAN media has been hammering into people's heads that the solo singer/guitarist/songwriter is "in" and loud, exuberant rock is "out." But, the media forgot ...

Graham Nash: Tales Behind Wild Tales

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, March 1974

NEW YORK – In the living room of a moss-green suite at the Plaza Hotel, Graham Nash sits at the piano with an harmonica braced ...

John Sebastian, Randy Newman: Randy Newman: Good Old Boys (Reprise); John Sebastian: Tarzana Kid (Reprise)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1974

The Songwriter Sings ...

Donny Osmond, The Osmonds: Donny Osmond: Sometimes I Just Can't Believe We're on Top!

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Family Weekly, May 1973

"We finally decided to go with me as a solo. There's no jealousy in the family about the decision. If I sing a solo record, ...

The Persuasions: Spread The Word (Capitol)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, December 1972

GHETTO KIDS don't have parents who can spare a few hundred dollars for an electric guitar like their suburban counterparts. But they do possess an ...

Dory Previn: Dory Previn (Warner Bros.)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, September 1974

The Perceptive Songs Of Dory Previn ...

Dory Previn: Remembering Dory Previn

Memoir by Loraine Alterman, Rock's Backpages, February 2012

MY DEAR FRIEND of nearly 40 years, Dory Previn, died last week. She was a great songwriter who exposed her deep feelings about love ...

Carly Simon, Dory Previn, Mary Travers: Record World Forum: Three Artists on the New Consciousness

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Record World, May 1973

Carly Simon, Dory Previn and Mary Travers are three major artists whose work and lives exemplify the independent role women are assuming in society. As ...

Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up (Warner Bros.)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, December 1972

Bonnie Branches Out ...

The Rationals: One of Detroit's Real 'In' Groups

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

WHO DOES Mitch Ryder demand back him up when he does a special appearance in Detroit without his band? Who stole the show at the ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Other Smokey Robinson — Songwriter

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1966

BACK IN 1957 Bill "Smokey" Robinson, then 17, bumped into Berry Gordy Jr. Smokey had a stack of about 100 songs he had written, and ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Really Nice Guys

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1966

They Just Hate Stupidity ...

The Rolling Stones: The Girls Waited 8 Hours, Finally Met the Stones!

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, December 1965

NOBODY'S GOING to get Valerie Stewart, 14, or Patricia Curtis, 13, off their clouds. The guys who put them up on cloud 9 are the ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: A Rocket on the Road to Fame: Mitch and His Four Wheels

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

THE MONSTER eight-door white Pontiac, looking more like an ambulance than a limousine for stars, stopped in places like Arnold's Park, Iowa; Freemont, Neb.; Sioux ...

Doug Sahm: Arise, Sir Douglas is Blowing Up A Storm

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, October 1973

THE FUNKY SOUNDS of 'Texas Tornado', Doug Sahm's latest single, blasted out of the stereo in the office of Atlantic Records' co-ordinator of A&R, Mark ...

Bob Seger & the Last Heard: Coming Up — 'Persecution Smith

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, September 1966

WHAT'S 'EAST Side Story' about? Ask Bob Seger, 21, from Ann Arbor — he's the guy who wrote it and sings it. ...

Carly Simon: 'I Don't Enjoy Performing'

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Modern Hi-Fi and Music, February 1974

NOW THAT she and her husband James Taylor are parents, Carly Simon has no plans to perform except on vinyl. And with her fourth album ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, May 1970

PAUL SIMON arrived wearing a blue loden coat with the hood pulled up. Beneath it he had on black trousers and a black shirt. He ...

Sopwith Camel: Frisco's Sopwith Camel — Watch That 'Big Toe'

Profile by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, March 1967

OUT OF SAN Francisco — where weirdly named groups like Lothar and the Hand People and The Grateful Dead are happening — comes a delightfully ...

Edwin Starr: A Record Is Made — with Sweat and Soul

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1966

EMOTION FILLED the control room at Golden World Records out on West Davison. Driving, big beat sounds were coming through the four speakers hanging on ...

The Supremes: Supremes' Flo Ballard: It's Said She's Leaving

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

FLORENCE BALLARD of Diana Ross and The Supremes has temporarily asked to be withdrawn from the group, according to a spokesman for Motown Records. ...

The Supremes: Roostertail, Detroit

Live Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1967

Cindy Birdsong, the New Supreme: A Detroit Debut ...

T. Rex: The Slider (Reprise)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1972

AT LEAST every other week another group appears that's hailed by its publicists as the biggest thing since the Beatles. in the case of T. ...

The Who: Who? It's The Who, That's Who

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, June 1967

FIRST OUT the door of customs at Metro Airport Tuesday was a blond fellow in a paisley, mandarin-collared coat. A few moments later a shorter, ...

Wings: Band On The Run (Apple)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, December 1973

Paul's Grooves Will Grab You ...

Edgar Winter: How Winter Went Glam and Created A Frankenstein Monster

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Melody Maker, June 1973

EDGAR WINTER, his wife and his band live in a 13-bedroom white clapboard mansion at Sands Point, overlooking Long Island Sound. 30,000 dollars a year ...

Bobby Womack: Understanding (United Artists)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, October 1972

ALTHOUGH HE'S one of the most respected rhythm 'n' blues guitarist/songwriters, Bobby Womack hasn't yet hit the big time the way an Isaac Hayes or ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Are Alive; They Click; They Have Fun

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, August 1966

MENTION THE Yardbirds to a musician and he'll give them mountains of praise. Listen to a Yardbirds' album like the current one Over, Under, Sideways, ...

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Hippy Ideas That Shock Parents

Report by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, May 1967

LAST WEEK on this page I reported on the teen-age hippies in the Detroit area, on where they hung out, what they looked like, and ...

Miriam Bienstock: The First Lady of Atlantic

Memoir by Loraine Alterman, Rock's Backpages, April 2014

FOR MONTHS I had noticed an immaculately coiffed and beautifully dressed older woman at my manicure place on Manhattan's Upper East Side.   ...

Our Nancy's Life Abroad — with Those British Pop Stars

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, February 1966

The telegram came from Interpop. It read "ARRIVING IN DETROIT FROM LONDON ON PANAM FLIGHT 57 TUESDAY 3:20 PM IS YOUNG LADY OF POSSIBLE INTEREST ...

The Apollo Theatre and the Fillmore East: Black and White Music in NYC

Comment by Loraine Alterman, New York Scenes, September 1969

MORE THAN Central Park and city blocks separate the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and the Fillmore East in the East Village. ...

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